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MV DHB Dauntless – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9190456

MV DHB Dauntless

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD 3110) tractor tug (‘Z’ drive) unit built in March 2000 by Damen, Gorinchem (Yard no 7943), Holland, for the Dover Harbour Board.

Technical Data

  • Length: 30.82m (overall), (28.03 ft)
  • Breadth of Hull: 10.20m (9.40 ft)
  • Draught: 4m (13.0 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 304 gross, 91 net
  • Engines: 2 x 4tew 6cyl Wartsilla 6L26, Propulsion – 2 x Aquamaster Z drive units
  • Power: 2500 – 3600 bkW (3353 – 4828 bhp), Total Output – 3,600 kW at 1,000rpm
  • Speed: 12.0 – 13.5 knots (max)
  • Bollard Pull: 35.7 – 55.8 tonnes
  • Call sign: MZGC8
  • MMSI Number: 232004784
  • Official Number: 902897
  • IMO Number: 9190456
  • Registry: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • Sister Vessels: DHB Doughty (7944)

Current AIS Location

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2000: Casco built by PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk, Russia, completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem

March 2000: Delivered to Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Ltd, manager DHB – Dover Harbour Board at Dover

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

June 1st 2000: Named by Dover Harbour Board members Margaret Llewellyn and Cynthia Alers.

2005: In service. The sisters operate over the bow with their own 80mm towing ropes, usually towing through the vessel’s forward and aft centre leads and both tugs are let go before the vessel passes between the breakwaters, unless the vessel is proceeding stern first.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

DHB Dauntless dressed overall rounding the Prince of Wales pier. © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

DHB Doughty and DHB Dauntless in the tug haven. © Ray Goodfellow

© Trevor Boston

DHB Dauntless leading her sister across the bay. © Trevor Boston

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

DHB Dauntless in her element crossing the bay after assisting the Seafrance Rodin. © Ray Goodfellow
© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow
DHB Dauntless seen working around the harbour. © Ray Goodfellow

© Dover Strait Shipping

© Dover Strait Shipping

March 3rd 2023: Left Dover for maintenance in Hull.

March 4th 2023: Arrived Hull.

March 24th 2023: Left Hull for Dover.

March 25th 2023: Arrived in Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to thank: Dover Strait Shipping Trevor Boston for his assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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